Man rescued after refusing to leave cold waters of SeaTac lake

Man rescued after refusing to leave cold waters of SeaTac lake
Emergency personnel pull the man from Bow Lake.
SEATAC, Wash. - A man was hospitalized with hypothermia after being rescued Monday night from the frigid waters of Bow Lake, fire officials said.

The incident began after 9 p.m. when guests at a nearby hotel heard the man yelling for help from the lake and called 911, said Kyle Osahi of the SeaTac Fire Department.

When police arrived, they found the man about 20 feet out from the shore and tried for 30 minutes to persuade him to leave the lake. When he refused, specially trained water rescue firefighters in dry suits waded through the cold water to bring the man to shore.

King County paramedics evaluated the man and found him to be extremely hypothermic, with a very low core body temperature. Medics treated him at the scene and transported him to a local hospital.

It is unclear why the man was in the lake. Police stated that he was not a suspect or being chased by them.

Bow Lake is located just east of International Boulevard, across from Sea-Tac Airport.